Blind Melon’s chords still ring
Lafayette (Ind.) Journal & Courier (12.27.2015)
Blind Melon lead singer Shannon Hoon is among Lafayette, Indiana’s most famous home-grown stars. Sitting in the company of Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin in the town’s music psyche, Hoon and his band reached the stratosphere of rock when “No Rain” helped its 1992 self-titled album go quadruple platinum.
Hoon died from a cocaine overdose at age 28 in 1995, but his iconic status and band still draw large swaths of fans. When Lafayette Theater announced that Blind Melon was playing shows on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day — a somewhat rare occurrence now that the musicians’ focus has gravitated toward other projects — I took a look at how the band keeps its original fans and brings in new ones.